At a time when the importance of ceramics in modern products has advanced rapidly, James S. Reeds Principles of Ceramics Processing fulfills the need for a clearly written, comprehensive introduction to the field. This single text gives materials science engineers and students in ceramics engineering an understanding of the scientific principles and technology of ceramics processing as it applies to the development and production of new advanced ceramics. Professor Reeds coherent approach joins the presentation of scientific principles with a discussion of the processing technology and unit operations. His thorough coverage includes materials and their characterization; processing additives;rheology; forming, drying, sintering, coating and surface finishing; and the causes and prevention of defects in products. This new edition reflects recent developments in the field and provides additional material on nitride, carbide, and electronic ceramics. A wealth of data and detailed charts of information relevant to the manufacturing process enhance its value as a ready reference to practicing engineers. To facilitate learning, the author has included examples with solutions in each chapter, tables summarizing potential defects and their causes, and processing flow diagrams for different processes. A total of over 500 illustrations in the form of graphs, diagrams, and micrographs support the text.